As a Co-sponsor of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and a member of the UNAIDS delegation to the Global Fund Board, UNDP engages with the Global Fund on important substantive policy and programmatic issues. In line with its core mandate UNDP promotes the incorporation of good governance, human rights and gender initiatives into Global Fund grants and programming. UNDP also ensures that financing reaches key populations affected by HIV such as sex workers, men who have sex with men and people who use drugs. UNDP promotes alignment of grants with national development plans and poverty reduction strategies; and contributes to the further enhancement of the country-level governance of Global Fund programs that adhere to principles of national ownership and aid effectiveness. UNDP has also been instrumental in supporting the Global Fund in shaping its policy and practice on human rights for better health outcomes, as well as supporting the Fund in shaping its strategies on Gender Equality and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and by serving as a Permanent Observer on the Global Fund Human Rights Reference Group.
UNDP also functions as a Global Fund grant interim Principal Recipient (PR) supporting the delivery of HIV, TB and malaria programmes in countries facing exceptionally difficult circumstances and also supporting multi-country program grants. Read more on the work and role of UNDP on our Home Page and About Us as well as Our Results.
Through the role of interim PR and other functions UNDP works to strengthen national systems for health by providing guidance and facilitating initiatives that:
UNDP also supports Global Fund multi-country grants with a focus on Key Populations:
The Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme (Phase 2) - The overall goal of the Program is to reduce the impact of, and vulnerability to, HIV of men who have sex with men (MSM), hijras and transgender people through Community Systems Strengthening (CSS). The United Nations Development Programme Bangkok Regional Hub (UNDP BRH) serves the role of interim Principal Recipient. Participant countries include: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Some of the key achievements of this programme include:
The Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO) – The programme aims to increase access to HIV and harm reduction services for people who inject drugs in Eastern Africa. The grant duration is October 2015 – September 2018, and participant countries include: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania - Mainland, Mauritius, Seychelles, Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania – Zanzibar.
Humanist Institute for Cooperation (HIVOS) – KP REACH - Key Population Representation, Evidence and Advocacy for Change in Health. The program aims to reduce HIV and HIV-related deaths among key populations in Southern African through improved access by KPs to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services. The grant duration is January 2016__ – 2018, and participant countries include Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organization (OCAL) – The overall aim of the program is to promote and implement a local and concerted cross-border response in the corridor with zero new infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero discrimination and with no obstacles to the free movement of people and goods. The grant duration is July 2015 – June 2018 and participant countries include Abidjan, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire Togo, Benin and Nigeria.
Africa regional grant The program objectives are to strengthen evidence-based legal reform; strengthen access to justice and enforcement of supportive laws; Improve regional and national mechanisms to prevent and address human rights violations; Strengthen the capacity of regional NGOs to take on PR roles. The grant duration is January 2016 – September 2018 and participant countries include Botswana, Cote D’Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal and Seychelles.
In the countries where UNDP is not an interim Principal Recipient or currently involved, UNDP is available upon request to work with countries to advise and support programmes in the area of good governance, key populations, human rights and gender.